1 May 2020
A picture of Employee volunteers making a real difference

Employee volunteers from Sanctuary Group have been giving their time to help colleagues and residents in care homes and supported living services across the country.

More than 200 staff members have taken up placements through the Group’s employee volunteering scheme, assisting frontline teams within Sanctuary Care and Sanctuary Supported Living.

Group Press Officer, Chris Ammonds, is volunteering at Hastings Residential Care Home, in Malvern, where he has been helping with the lunch and afternoon tea service as well as spending time with residents.

Chris said: “I wanted to get out and offer some direct help to people if I could.

“I’ve found the experience really rewarding and have been so impressed by the employees I have met. The relationships they have with their residents are lovely to witness.”

Painter and decorator, Martin Evans, has been helping out at Ridgewood Court Residential Care Home, in Wirral, where he has been working in the garden and even led a Tai Chi session for residents.

Martin said: “Everyone has been very welcoming. With colleagues working as hard as they are at the moment, I’m just happy to help in what small way I can.”

Trade supervisor, Jessica Senior (pictured), has been assisting carers and helping in the kitchen at Park View Residential Care Home, in Shiregreen, Sheffield. Having completed two shifts, she is hoping to return again in the coming weeks.

Marie-Claire Wattison, Sanctuary’s Head of Community Investment, commented: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our employee volunteers.

“The feedback from our homes and services has been fantastic. Their contributions are extremely valuable and are making a real difference.”